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Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2011

Community college

is major asset

Oregon Coast Community College is a major asset of Lincoln County. Voters recognized this when they approved funds for a new college campus in South Beach that opened for classes in the autumn of 2009.

Due largely to the skilled and hard working leadership of Patrick O’Connor, college president for more than two decades, the community college has greatly improved since its days in cramped lease space in the commercial center of Newport. College course offerings, as well as buildings and facilities have also greatly improved.

The Lincoln County public has a right to be proud of our coast community college.

The college badly needs additional funding for daily educational programs, largely due to a drastic decline in state funds over the past several years. There is little likelihood of improved state funding. In fact, further reduced state funds are more likely.

The new community college interim president, Bruce Koike, replacing the retiring president O’Connor, is faced with the daunting task of retaining the quality of educational programs within a severely limited operations budget.

Those of the public with Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) now have an opportunity to aid our community college by taking advantage of a federal law allowing income tax free gifts from IRA accounts to public institutions and nonprofit charitable organizations with federal identification numbers approved by the Federal Internal Revenue Service.

I recently took advantage of this opportunity and provided a gift to the Oregon Coast Community College Foundation.

I urge those able to spare funds from their IRA accounts to provide a gift to the Oregon Coast Community College Foundation. Contact your IRA account agency, your investment advisor and OCCC Development Director A.T. Ronan for more information.

This opportunity ends on Dec. 31 when the federal law expires, so time is short to do this.

John Sherman


Oyster Cloyster was successful event

The Oregon Coast Community College Foundation is pleased to announce that we grossed nearly $30,000 from this year’s Oyster Cloyster, the OCCC Foundation’s major fundraising event. And, since our goal is always to keep our expenses to the bare minimum, we are also pleased to have netted nearly $25,000 for the OCCC Aquarium Science Program. The Oyster Cloyster committee is proud to have the continued dedication from the restaurant and business community, as well as our attendees who continue to spread the word about this unique coastal event.

Thank you to our major sponsors - TLC Federal Credit Union, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Dust Devil Mining Co., and the Oregon Oyster Farms - as well as all of our sponsors and event contributors who so generously donated cash, merchandise, time, and creativity to help with the success of the event. We sincerely appreciate our committee members and the many volunteers who help make the event happen. But most of all we thank our chefs and their restaurants for their generosity, without their 100-percent support, we wouldn’t have a successful event.

A hearty congratulations to this year’s chef winners: People’s Choice for Taste - Charlie Branford, executive chef at Local Ocean Seafoods; and People’s Choice for Presentation - Woojay Poynter, sous chef at the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute. In the professional judging category, Top Chef was Chef Erik Machuca from Rogue Ale, first place was awarded to Nicolas Trapala, sous chef at Sada’s Sushi Bar & Japanese Cuisine, second place was awarded to Woojay Poynter, sous chef at the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute, and third place went to Garnett Black, Shilo Inn sous chef and Terry Rafferty, executive chef.

Please plan to join us next year at the Oregon Coast Aquarium on Nov. 3, 2012 for another oyster extravaganza!

Patsy Buford

Oyster Cloyster Chairman

A.T. Ronan

OCCC Foundation

Executive Director

Thank you Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital

So sad that more people did not take advantage of the wonderful program, Family Caregivers Celebration and Resource Fair, at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital on Nov. 16. It was wonderful.

The tables were loaded with stacks of information, resources, giveaways, etc. I came away with a grocery bag that I will use filled with “stuff,” and I only took what I needed.

The presenters were very informative and very willing to answer questions. There was a good healthy lunch, door prizes provided by care facilities and a 10-minute chair massage - all for free.

I’m signing up for the next one. Thank you Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital for hosting the event.

Rose Troxel


Thank you for Buddy Poppy support

Thank you to all the people and businesses that supported Lincoln County VFW Post and Auxiliary 2624 on our donations for VFW Buddy Poppies on Nov. 12 and 13.

And also a thank you to the News-Times for running our notice.

Yvonne Dennis


Coastal Range Food Bank appreciates

fire department

This Halloween, the Siletz Valley Fire Department went to a lot of work putting on a Haunted House and charged two food items for admission. Half of the food they received was donated to the Coastal Range Food Bank, located in Nashville. Our food bank expresses our sincerest thank you to the fire department staff for all their hard work.

Randall Ricks, manager

Coastal Range Food Bank

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